Afghanistan: Taliban will rely on Chinese financing, according to a spokesperson.

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The Taliban will strive for an economic return in Afghanistan with the support of China, according to Zabihullah Mujahid, who spoke to an Italian publication.
Following the withdrawal of foreign soldiers from Afghanistan and the Taliban’s takeover of the country, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told an Italian newspaper that the group will rely primarily on Chinese funding.
Mujahid stated the Taliban would strive for an economic recovery with China’s backing in an interview published by La Repubblica on Thursday.
On August 15, the Taliban took control of Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital, as the country’s Western-backed government crumbled, ending a 20-year conflict amid worries of economic collapse and widespread starvation.
Following the departure of foreign soldiers from Kabul airport in recent weeks, Western countries have significantly reduced their aid payments to Afghanistan.
In the interview, the Taliban spokesperson was cited as saying, “China is our most significant partner and represents a fundamental and extraordinary potential for us since it is eager to invest and restore our country.”
The Taliban, he said, maintained a high admiration for the New Silk Road, an infrastructural program through which China hopes to expand its worldwide influence by opening up trade routes.
The country has “rich copper mines” that can be reopened and modernized owing to the Chinese. Furthermore, China is our gateway to global markets.”
Mujahid also stated that women would be permitted to finish their education at institutions in the future. He said that women would serve as nurses, police officers, or ministry assistants but ruled out the possibility of female ministers.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned earlier this week of a coming “humanitarian disaster” in Afghanistan, urging countries to contribute emergency financing as severe drought and fighting have forced thousands of families to flee their homes.

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